Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

One more Eared Grebe returned to Mono Lake

This post was written by Rosanne Catron, 2011 Office Director.

People continue to find Eared Grebes stranded on land around the Mono Basin. If you find one and are able to help it back to the water, you might be able to save its life.

Communications Coordinator Elin Ljung gets ready to return another errant grebe to Mono Lake.

Eared grebes are speedy swimmers, but are actually unable to walk. They sometimes mistake rain-slicked parking lots and roads for bodies of water, try to land, and become stranded.
This grebe was our fifth rescue in the last few days. All five grebes have been happy and healthy once returned to the water.


  1. YESH! another rescue! You guys are the best! Don’t know who is happier, Elin or the grebe!!! Love you all!

  2. Yayyyyyy!!!!

  3. What a heartwarming story to make a wonderful Thanksgiving complete.
    To see an actual rescue from start to finish with pictures of rescuers and the birds is terrific. Thank you so much for making us “down south” reminded how wonderful you all are in Lee Vining.

  4. So fun to see all these grebe rescue/return to water shots!

  5. Rosanne Catron, Office Manager
    Rosanne Catron, Office Manager

    Thanks for all of the comments. It was a lot of fun to see the grebes up close and watch them swim happily away!